Here at LiveList, we believe that live streaming is the music platform of the future. From the headliner at your favorite festival to a local band playing a venue you’ve never heard of in a city you’ve never been to, live streaming lets you tap into music happening around the world anytime, anywhere. It’s our mission to connect you to as many of these streams as possible. This week, we’re featuring a few like-minded musicians who don’t just use live streaming as a tool to access more fans – they use it as their sole performance platform. Here’s what you need to know about Delvr:
Delvr is an electronic/experimental rock duo consisting of drummer/producer Gabriel Duggin and guitarist/vocalist Mark Young. Both skilled musicians who have DJ’ed and played in bands for years, they joined forces in 2017 to form a new and unique project that would become Delvr. They combine an array of influences – ranging from hip-hop to electronic to punk and indie rock – to create music like their new single “Rebels,” below:
Though they are based in Colorado, Delvr truly knows no geographic boundaries. They use exclusively Twitch.tv to live-stream all their shows from their home studio. On one hand, this simple and easy platform allows fans around the world to check out any and all Delvr shows. In under a year, their Twitch channel has reached over 1,000 followers and is quickly approaching 15,000 views. On the other hand, the platform allows them to curate their show space to an extent that most bands can’t until they hit arena-level fame. Their streams feature creative visual elements like a camera attached to the headstock of a guitar, looking down the neck, an overhead view of their electronic drum kit, and full-scale light shows. And in terms of sound quality, they clearly carefully mic and sound-check their set-ups every time, ensuring a consistently high-quality production.
To learn more about Delvr and their views on the live streaming world, we checked in with the band and asked them a few questions. Here’s what they had to say:
LiveList: Sonically, Delvr encompasses many different sounds and incorporates elements of several genres. How did the idea for this band come together musically?
Delvr: We come from wildly different musical backgrounds as musicians. Mark, our guitarist has listened to punk his whole life since his days of shredding the skate park, where as our drummer Gabe has been a DJ/Electronic producer for the greater part of a decade. Being a 2 piece band let’s us do things that neither of us could do musically apart from each-other. It lets us take the best parts of what we love about both of our respective favorite genres and turn them into something unique. You don’t really get that raw combination of genres with just a solo act or a larger group.
LL: You both have backgrounds in the vibrant Colorado music scene. How has local music influenced the band?
D: We were both involved heavily in the local music scene before starting this project, sometimes having shows at the same venue only weeks apart. We knew each other through the scene and seeing each other perform on a fairly regular basis. I think we had agreed that it would be awesome to get to sit down and write some music together at some point, but it took years for anything to actually come of it. I don’t think we would have even known each other without the local music scene being so tight knit and open where we live.
LL: When you started Delvr, did you know going in that you wanted to use live streaming as your main performance platform? Or did that idea come later?
D: We had seen other live-streamers use platforms like Facebook Live and Twitch and YouTube before, but there were very few that were creating entire productions like what we wanted to do. We wrote all our music so that it would look and sound good from home. We had live-streaming in mind from the very conception of our first track, and that’s why our show is so tightly produced.
LL: What do you see as the biggest benefits of live streaming compared to traditional music performance, both as artists and as viewers of live streaming?
D: There are a few obvious benefits that stand out, like only needing 30 minutes to set up for a show. We can play a live concert in front of a hundred people while wearing our pajamas if we wanted to. It’s funny to think about but it’s also pretty remarkable. If you’ve ever played a live gig, you know the struggle of load in schedules and sound-checks. We also have complete control over what our audiences see and hear, so we can customize our image to whatever fits our brand. We don’t have to rely on a sound or light engineer to make us sound or look good because we can just make it perfect for ourselves.
One benefit that may be less obvious, but arguably far more important is the audience we attract. Without having to market internationally, we have hundreds of fans in Canada, the UK, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Japan, Korea, etc. Anyone with an internet connection can come watch us play a show and enjoy what we’ve created, regardless of where they live or who they are. That’s something truly amazing.
LL: Are there any dimensions to live streaming that you think could make the platform better moving forward?
D: I think that video and audio technology that is specifically geared toward content creators and live-streamers is moving in a good direction. In 2017 alone, we’ve seen dozens of incredible products hit the shelves that let us do what we do. I’m excited to see what they come up with next to make live-streaming easier and more cost-effective for new streamers.
Live-streaming sites like Twitch have vibrant and successful music communities that have become what they are through support from the site itself. I hope to see new streamers try innovative ways to create and play original music, and I hope that the sites that host them recognize and support their efforts.
LL: You just released a new single Rebels. What can listeners expect in 2018?
D: We have jumped headlong into writing our second album after the amazing response we got on our first. We hope to be done by Summer 2018 at the latest, but we aren’t putting ourselves under any pressure. In the meantime, we play live shows three nights per week on Twitch and occasionally stream ourselves writing new material. We post stream days on our Twitter and Facebook pages, so that’s your best bet if you want to catch us live. Thanks!